The Bravery of Job

A Necessary Choice

When facing great times of crisis or trouble in life, the choice of many is to take the road of the coward. This road can manifest in different ways, such as: self-deprecation and self-blame, blaming others, or avoidance and escape. Each of these ways has one thing in common, a refusal to confront the problem directly. While this may not be possible in every instance, the question of “fight or flight” will separate the brave from the coward in any crisis.

Why the Need for Change?

An Innate Need

There seems to be an innate need in man to have changes in the norm take place, even if minor in consequence, somewhat frequently. This is not, of itself, a negative quality, as the call for change for the better is the driving impetus behind invention and innovation. Without change, our standard of living would remain as poor as the ancients.

When People Face God...

Ignoring the Future

A sad reality of our modern world is how few people really expect to stand before their Maker one day. While many like to entertain the idea of a loving God and Heaven, the idea of a judgment scene is less popular. As man become more cynical, fewer people even consider that they will one day atone for their choices in this life, and even more cynically believe that if they do, they will be able to overcome it.

Understanding Holiness

Unique Ideas

There are several terms used in the Bible which have truly unique meanings. One such term is “holiness” which can also be understood as being “sanctified.” The words “holy” and “saint” both have the same original word and only translated differently according to the context.

Proven Holiness

A Proven Holiness

In the Bible we read of the concept of a proven holiness. James describes as “all joy” the testing on one’s faith through trials because “the testing of your faith produces endurance” (Jam. 1:2, 3, NASU). Peter describes our faith as “more precious than gold” and tested through fire with the result being “praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7). However, some may ask: Why should we have to prove our holiness? Is it not cruel for God to ask such things of His created? These questions miss an important reality concerning holiness and its demands. God has not asked us to do anything He has not already done.